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Re: svn commit: rev 5119 - in trunk/subversion: svnadmin include libsvn_fs tests tests/libsvn_fs tests/clients/cmdline/svntest libsvn_repo s

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_lyra.org>
Date: 2003-02-27 07:53:02 CET

On Wed, Feb 26, 2003 at 11:03:36PM -0500, Greg Hudson wrote:
> On Wed, 2003-02-26 at 21:53, Greg Stein wrote:
> > Not sure that I understand... yes, Python *does* have strong types. Unlike
> > C, if you're given an integer, you can't treat it as a string. That is
> > "strong".
> "Strong typing" isn't a precisely defined term. It usually refers to
> static type checking, but can refer to many other facets of a language's
> type system.
>... snip ...

Well, I think we disagree on terminology here. I see strong/weak as what you
can do with a datum. Strong means you can't circumvent its type. I see
dynamic/static as when type information is established.

> It's true that it's a little weird seeing a hash table used to transmit
> information from one C function to another. But it's not unheard of; X
> toolkit resources, PAM data registrations, and gtk object data
> registrations are all precedents.


> (We do have an unpleasant tendency in Subversion to use void * in
> functions which aren't actually polymorphic. But usually someone
> catches it and it gets fixed.)



Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/
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